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Dorothy Ann Balvanz
1941 - 2016
Redman Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. - Parkersburg
507 2nd St
Parkersburg, IA
Dorothy Ann Balvanz, 75, of Waverly, Iowa, was born the daughter of Lester William and Ilo Mae (Cooley) Severs on Sept. 21, 1941, in Illinois. Dorothy graduated as the valedictorian of her class in 1959, from Clarksville High School in Clarksville. After graduation, she attended Hawkeye Tech and received an associate's degree in science accounting.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Vito Ciavarelli and to this union David, Teresa and Kristie were born. Dorothy and Vito were later divorced. Dorothy married Robert A. Meister and to this union, Robert was born. Robert and Dorothy were later divorced. Dorothy lived most of her younger years in Clarksville. She later lived in Manly, back to Clarksville, then in Des Moines, Boone, Fairbank and Waverly. Dorothy was primarily a homemaker, but she also worked as worked as a grocery clerk, nurses aide, a cashier at Walmart and a bookkeeper. In 2007, Dorothy retired.
Dorothy was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Clarksville where she was part of the women's society and choir. She taught Sunday School and Bible School and was also a board elder. Dorothy was a member of the Rebekah Lodge Noble Grand. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and calling bingo at the Manor. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan and kept stats of each the Cubs games. Dorothy's greatest joy was spending time with her family and attending her children and grandchildren's sporting events.
Dorothy died Saturday, Oct., 22, 2016, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison of natural causes. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Dorothy is survived by four children, David (Julie) Ciavarelli, of Clarksville, Teresa Hoerman, of Nashua, Kristie (Terry) Mahlstedt, of Allison, and Robert (Christena) Meister, of Janesville; 14 grandchildren, Bill, Tony, Caleb, Dalton, Dylan, Emily, Jason, Jeremy, Daniel, Amanda, Brandon, Joseph, Kennedy and Julia; six great-grandchildren and one more on the way; two brothers, Stanley (Sharlene) Severs, of Ankeny, and John (Patty) Severs, of Dumont; and two sisters, Delores Harp, of Waverly, and Judy (Don) Henning, of Phoenix.
Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, in Clarksville. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
Published by Waverly Democrat on Oct. 25, 2016.
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